LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Office workers at 1566 Medical Drive in Lower Pottsgrove were directed Thursday afternoon (March 2, 2017) to lock their doors and stay inside as police from five area departments hunted a man who allegedly created a disturbance at the neighboring Diamond Credit Union. He fled on foot into their building in an attempt to escape, and was later caught but “refused to be handcuffed,” township police said.
No one was reported injured.
In custody at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville PA is Wilfredo F. Lugo-Sanchez, 38, of Pottstown. He was arraigned Thursday night by Magisterial District Justice Juanita A. Price on charges of resisting arrest, institutional vandalism, and two counts of disorderly conduct in connection with the incident, and was jailed after he was unable to post $5,000 cash bail, according to court docket sheets.
In addition to members of the Lower Pottsgrove force, officers from Pottstown, Limerick, North Coventry and West Pottsgrove police departments also responded to the scene. They arrived for support and perimeter security in the search for Lugo-Sanchez, because police at the time did not know his intentions or if he posed a threat to the employees of several businesses housed at the building, the Lower Pottsgrove department said earlier on Facebook.
Lower Pottsgrove Ofcs. Scott Bond and Matthew Meitzler first arrived at Diamond, a financial institution headquartered at 1600 Medical Dr., Thursday at about 1:10 p.m. in response to a call. Credit union employees claimed a male subject, later identified as Lugo-Sanchez, was “causing a disturbance over his accounts,” Bond’s police report stated.
Lugo-Sanchez met the officers, telling them “You are here for me! I’m outside because they” (inside the credit union) “are afraid of me.” Police said they attempted an interview but found him “uncooperative” and refusing to give his name. At one point he began walking away from the officers, who then ordered him to stop for identification and investigation. That’s when, according to Bond’s report, Lugo-Sanchez started running.
The foot chase led along Medical Drive and across a parking lot designated for a Pottstown Memorial Medical Center facility, and finally into 1566 Medical Dr. where, police said, the suspect “ran upstairs.” Police told workers to lock themselves into their offices while they searched for the man. Google Maps indicates the building houses offices for Contec Systems Industrial Corp., Dr. Barbara L. Gross, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Center, the Pottstown counseling center of The Malvern Institute, PeopleShare, and Shooting Star Staffing Inc.
“A short time later, the suspect was confronted exiting the elevator in the main lobby,” the report stated, “and was placed under arrest for his actions.”
A preliminary hearing for Lugo-Sanchez is scheduled for March 16 (Thursday) at 10 a.m. in the Sanatoga courtroom of Magisterial District Justice Edward Kropp Sr., the docket sheets state.
- An earlier story on the incident, first reported by The Post late Thursday afternoon, appears below:
Medical Drive Scene Of Dramatic Search
LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – A so-far-unidentified man who Lower Pottsgrove police allege was creating a disturbance at the Medical Drive headquarters of Diamond Credit Union, then failed to cooperate with authorities and fled on foot into a nearby office building, prompted a large search response from area law enforcement officers Thursday (March 2, 2017) at about 1:10 p.m., the township department reported on its Facebook page.
The suspect was “quickly located” and, although he resisted arrest, was taken into custody, it added. “Criminal charges are being filed,” the department said, and indicated a formal press release on the incident would “be issued at a later time.”
The early afternoon event began with the arrival of Lower Pottsgrove officers at Diamond to find the male subject on location after he reportedly was “uncooperative and verbally aggressive” with staff members there. He “continued to be uncooperative with officers who arrived on scene and were attempting to identify him,” refused to comply with them, and began running away, police said.
During the resulting foot chase, “the suspect ran into the office building at 1566 Medical Dr. in an attempt to elude officers,” according to the Facebook post. Google Maps indicates the building houses offices for Contec Systems Industrial Corp., Dr. Barbara L. Gross, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Center, the Pottstown counseling center of The Malvern Institute, PeopleShare, and Shooting Star Staffing Inc.
Because they didn’t know the suspect’s intentions, and were concerned for those inside the building, officers on scene called for “a large police response” to set perimeters around the building and conduct a search.
- The Post will update this story as more information becomes available.